In June 1917, Edward Stuhl first sighted Mount Shasta from the Sacramento River canyon that John Muir had traveled forty years earlier. Stuhl was overcome by the mountain’s beauty, and wrote in his journal: “I was surprised by one of the grandest sights I have ever beheld. An unforgettable picture…. There it rose above the canyon framed by dark forest-clad hillsides, bathed in sunlight.”
Thus began Ed’s life at Mount Shasta, the 14,179 feet mountain at the northern edge of California. An avid mountaineer and conservationist, Stuhl is seen in this photograph at the Sierra Club’s Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp circa 1930.
Ed Stuhl (1887 – 1984) loved Mount Shasta and painted nearly all of its wildflowers—a task that is difficult to imagine. Exploring this magnificent volcano with delight and utter dedication for almost 50 years, he created a collection of botanically accurate paintings documenting 189 plants. His skills as a classically trained artist, mountaineer, and self-taught botanist matched his passion for creating this unique body of work.
The Mount Shasta Wildflowers Field Guide is intended to help you enjoy both the paintings and the plants.